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A recent publication by Dr. Stacy Kim and collaborators highlights that Antarctica is not as pristine as we might hope

Antarctic research stations are local point sources for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) including HBCD (hexabromocyclododecane) which is a flame retardant commonly used in polystyrene insulation.  Despite recent improvements in wastewater treatment, contaminants are reaching the Southern Ocean via wastewater discharges, and are found in the local marine organisms.